2011 BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure
Celebrates 30 Years of the GS With a Special Edition
The main features of the new
BMW R 1200 GS and the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
at a glance:
- New, even more dynamic drivetrain now with two
overhead camshafts per cylinder and valves in radial
- Increase in engine output by 5 per cent to 81
kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque to 120
Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
- Increase in maximum engine speed from 8,000 to
8,500 rpm with an even wider range of useful engine
- Significantly better acceleration, torque and
- Electronically controlled exhaust fl ap for even
more muscular sound.
- Colour variants of the R 1200 GS: Alpine White
non-metallic, Magma Red non-metallic, Ostra Grey
matt metallic, Sapphire Black metallic.
- Colour variants of the R 1200 GS Adventure: Smoke
Grey matt metallic, Brilliant Yellow metallic.
- Optional extras and accessories tailored to each
model with BMW’s usual high level of quality.
- New additional headlight in LED technology for
the R 1200 GS (accessory).
New, even more powerful drivetrain with extra torque
for even greater driving dynamics both onroad and
offroad. Introducing the new BMW R 1200 GS and the
new R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad is opening up
yet another chapter in the story of highly successful
GS models which, for almost three decades, have been
the epitome of the large-capacity grand touring enduro.
Moving on from the former generation of the R 1200
GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, which already offered
supreme power and performance as well as a very broad
range of practical riding qualities for long tours
combined with supreme pleasure on winding country
and mountain roads, BMW Motorrad is now
enhancing this standard, as impressive as it already
is, to an even higher level.
In its construction principle and fundamental layout,
the new flat-twin power unit is the same as the DOHC
engine on the BMW HP2 Sport. But marking the new generation,
the engine has been carefully updated and optimised
for the R 1200 GS and the R 1200 GS Adventure, tailored
to the specifi c requirements of a grand touring enduro.
With the 1,170-cc Boxer engine on the former models
already ensuring supreme power under all conditions
and in all situations, the new R 1200 GS and R 1200
GS Adventure have even more to offer in virtually
every respect: Delivering maximum output of 110 hp,
reaching top engine speed up by 500 to 8,500 rpm,
and with an even broader range of engine speed, the
new GS models are even more dynamic, powerful and
muscular in terms of both torque and acceleration
throughout the entire speed range, thus setting the
once again for the grand touring enduro also in terms
of riding dynamics.
New DOHC cylinder heads for even more efficient
cylinder charge. Designed and built from the start
for higher engine speed, the new flat-twin power unit
in the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, like the
power unit featured in the BMW HP2 Sport, comes with
two overhead, chain-driven camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder.
The valves are operated by very light rocker arms
able to cope with even very high engine speeds through
their low weight alone. Radial arrangement of the
four valves is ensured by the very compact
combustion chambers. Like on the former models, the
fuel/air mixture is ignited by two spark plugs (HP2
Sport: one spark plug), and the compression ratio
of 12.0:1 is also the same as before.
Thanks to efficient knock control, both models are
able to run on premium (plus) fuel with an octane
rating of 95-98 RON (maximum output is measured at
98 RON). Under certain conditions there may be a very
small loss of torque and a slight increase in fuel
consumption as soon as knock control cuts in. On long
tours where the rider might be required to use inferior
fuel, the engine may also run on 91 RON regular fuel,
using specifi c running data available as special
equipment free of charge straight from the factory.
Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the direction
of travel gives the new flat-twin power unit two particular
technical features: Each camshaft controls one intake
and exhaust valve and, due to the radial arrangement
of the valves, the cams come with a conical profi
le. To increase both output and
torque, gas throughput has been increased throughout
the entire speed range by increasing valve plate diameter
over the former models from 36 to 39 millimetres (1.42–1.54")
on the intake side and 31 to 33 millimetres (1.22–1.30")
on the exhaust side.
Intake and exhaust timing on the two camshafts has
been optimised in particular for supreme power at
low and medium engine speeds and for even faster,
free-revving engine performance throughout the entire
range. To increase the free valve cross-section, valve
lift is up by 10.54 mm (0.415") on the intake
and 9.26 mm (0.365") on the exhaust side to 10.8
mm (0.425") on both sides. Valve clearance is
compensated by light semi-hemispherical shims.
More power and extra torque throughout the
entire speed range.
The existing ratio of bore and stroke of 101:73
millimetres (3.98 : 2.87") remains the same as
before, as does the engine’s cubic capacity
of 1,170 cc. Other features likewise carried over
from the former power unit are the crankshafts and
connecting rods as well as their mounts and bearings,
while the two new cast-aluminium pistons have been
re-designed to match the change in combustion chamber
Interacting with the upgraded intake system now
featuring black instead of silver throttle butterfl
y manifolds as on the former models measuring 50 mm
(1.97") instead of formerly 47 mm (1.85")
(HP2 Sport: 52 mm/2.05") opening clearance and
with newly designed intake air funnels and an air
fi lter element with higher
throughput, the engine now develops maximum output
of 81 kW/110 PS at 7,750 rpm and peak torque of 120
Nm/88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. An oil cooler ensures stable
thermal conditions even when riding to the extreme.
In all, the modifications to the drivetrain provide
a signifi cantly more homogeneous flow of power and
torque throughout the entire speed range. In this
process of technical development, the engines now
feature magnesium-coloured cylinder head covers with
two instead of formerly four fastening bolts and come
in new, even more dynamic design. A valve cover guard
made of aluminium or plastic as well as a chrome-plated
aluminium cylinder head cover may be retrofi tted
as special equipment.
Electronically controlled exhaust flap for
even more muscular sound.
Moving on to the exhaust system, the two manifolds
are the same as before in their design, length and
diameter, while a modified interference pipe caters
for the change in vibration conditions in the exhaust
Featuring an exhaust flap controlled by an electric
motor as well as opening and closing cables, both
the new BMW R 1200 GS and the new R 1200 GS Adventure
provide a particularly throaty boxer sound naturally
in full compliance with legal standards. And to reduce
ram pressure and improve the sound of the engine even
further, the rear silencer remaining the same in design
as on the former models comes with a completely new
Ideal transmission of power through six-speed gearbox
and drive shaft. Power is transmitted as before by
the proven six-speed gearbox with larger bearing diameters
and a modifi ed distance between the individual shafts
already upgraded technically for the 2008 model year.
In the process the gear ratios were once again adjusted
and the secondary transmission has been modifi ed
from i = 2.82 to i = 2.91.
In conjunction with the new, even more powerful
engine, this once again means significantly more torque
and pulling force throughout the entire range of engine
The new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure also benefi
t from optimised shift kinematics with an optimised
power/travel curve for precise gearshift and clear
feedback at all times.
The maintenance-free drive shaft to the rear wheel
also remains unchanged, relieving the rider of annoying
and time-consuming maintenance requirements particularly
on long tours.
Proven running gear and high-performance brakes
with Integral ABS. Like their predecessors, the new
R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure offer an almost
perfect synthesis of offroad and onroad riding qualities.
As in the past, the stiff and torsionally-resistant
suspension, front wheel guidance with the unique BMW
Telelever, and the rear wheel incorporating the BMW
Paralever guarantee first-class and absolutely safe
riding qualities also with the new engine offering
even more power and torque.
In conjunction with optional BMW Motorrad Integral
ABS, extremely powerful brakes serve additionally
to provide maximum safety even in critical situations.
Optimum environmental compatibility, fi nally, is
ensured also on the new boxer engine through the most
advanced exhaust gas management with a fullycontrolled
three-way catalytic converter.
Enduro ESA as special equipment for optimum electronic
adjustment of the running gear for every purpose.
Designed and built for the specific requirements
of a grand touring enduro, Enduro ESA Electronic Suspension
Adjustment available also on the latest version of
the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure as an optional
extra straight from the factory allows adjustment
of the running gear under all kinds of running conditions
and with virtually any load level, simply by pressing
a button. An important feature is that Enduro ESA
offers both an onroad and offroad mode within which
the rider, choosing specifi c settings for the spring
base and damping, is able to adjust the suspension
even more precisely to specifi c needs and requirements.
As usual, Enduro ESA meets the particular requirements
made of a grand touring enduro by additional electrohydraulic
adjustment of the spring base on the front spring
strut. When riding offroad, this ensures a far smoother
ride without the wheel breaking through, and without
the disadvantages otherwise experienced
onroad such as shorter negative spring travel or greater
Optimum ergonomics and even more practical
Made of a heat-treated aluminium tube, the high-quality
and sophisticated handlebar, interacting with two
asymmetrically mounted clamps turning by up to 180o,
as on the HP2 Enduro Sports, may be fi tted in two
ergonomically different positions. While the rear
handlebar position for riding onroad and in less demanding
terrain ensures optimum ergonomics particularly for
the shorter rider, the front handlebar position offers
advantages in particular when standing up on the machine
in rough terrain.
The hand protectors available as special equipment
for the R 1200 GS are fitted as standard straight
from the factory on the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the
process of technically upgrading the successful R
1200 GS models, the instrument cluster has received
a new dial in new design. And last but not least,
windshield now comes with larger hand-bolts with even
better grip for adjusting its position with greater
Optional extras and accessories tailored to both the
rider and the machine.
As a genuine, fully-fledged systems supplier, BMW
Motorrad has developed a wide range of optional extras
and special equipment for further customisation of
the new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. One particularly
important new feature is the additional headlights
in LED technology.
Optional extras come directly from the factory and
are fitted during production at the Berlin Plant,
accessories and special equipment are fitted subsequently
by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer.
- Enduro ESA.
- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral, on-demand).
- Exhaust system chrome-plated.
- Heated handles.
- Hand protectors (Adventure: standard).
- Case holder (Adventure: case support for aluminium
- Cross-spoke wheels (Adventure: standard).
- On-board computer with oil level warning.
- Low rider’s seat (R 1200 GS).
- Lowered suspension (R 1200 GS).
- Anti-theft warning system with remote control.
- LED direction indicators.
- Offroad tyres (Adventure).
- Enduro transmission (short first gear) (Adventure).
- Additional halogen headlight (Adventure).
- Power reduced to 98 hp.
- 91 RON.
- Vario case (GS) / aluminium case (Adventure).
- Case holder (GS) / case support for aluminium
- Vario Topcase (GS) / Aluminium Topcase (Adventure).
- Topcase fastening elements replacing passenger
seat (R 1200 GS).
- Topcase support.
- Inner bags for vario and aluminium case/Topcase.
- Back padding for vario and aluminium Topcase.
- Carrier handle for aluminium case.
- Watertight tank bag.
- Watertight tank bag, small (R 1200 GS).
- Softbag 2, large, 51 litres.
- Softbag 2, small, 19 litres.
- Cylinder head covers chrome-plated.
- Wheel cover, front, in carbon.
- Splashguard, rear, in carbon.
- HP Carbon cover for engine housing.
- Headlight protector (for offroad use only).
- Cap for Telelever and fork bridge.
- Additional LED headlight.
- Holder for additional headlight.
- LED direction indicators.*
- Akrapovic sports muffler.
Ergonomics and Comfort.
- Windshield, tinted.
- Wide enduro footrests (Adventure: standard).
- Adjustable footbrake lever (Adventure: standard).
- Handlebar cross reinforcement.
- Padding for handlebar cross reinforcement.
- Rider’s seat, low (820 mm/32.3") in
Black* or Grey (R 1200 GS).
- Rider’s seat, Grey (R 1200 GS).
- Additional power socket.
- Heated handles.*
Navigation and Communication.
- BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.
- Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
- Navigator function bag.
- Hand protectors (Adventure: standard).*
- Spoiler guards, large, for hand protectors.
- Aluminium cylinder head cover protection (Adventure:
- Plastic cylinder head cover protection.
- Engine protection hoop (R 1200 GS).
- Enduro underfl oor protection, aluminium.
- Frame guard.
- Safety bolts for oil fi ller manifold.
- Anti-theft warning system with remote control.*
Maintenance and Technical Equipment.
- Reduction in power to 98 hp.*
- Paddock stand.
- On-board toolkit/service kit.
- LED light for on-board power socket, 410 millimetres/16.1".
* Also available as an optional extra from the factory.
New surface and colour design.
The new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure demonstrate
their enhanced dynamics through new surface design
Ostra Grey matt metallic gives the R 1200 GS a particularly
technical touch. Sapphire Black metallic, on the other
hand, gives the new R 1200 GS a very masculine look,
while the two non-metallic paintwork options in sophisticated
Alpine White and brilliant Magma Red highlight the
sporting offroad ambitions of the new R 1200 GS.
On the R 1200 GS Adventure Smoke Grey metallic emphasises
the almost rustic, masculine character of the machine,
while Brilliant Yellow metallic accentuates its sporting
offroad qualities. Particularly the second colour
variant forms an exciting contrast to the seat fi
nished in Black Olive Grey. The new throttle butterfly
manifolds come in Black.